In May 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on fashion brands and retailers to sign a commitment to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system. By the 30 June 2017 deadline, 64 companies and corporations had signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment representing a total of 143 brands and 7.5% of the global fashion market. Global Fashion Agenda has outlined four immediate action points to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system:

-Action point 1: Implementing design strategies for cyclability
-Action point 2: Increasing the volume of used garments collected
-Action point 3: Increasing the volume of used garments resold
-Action point 4: Increasing the share of garments made from recycled textile fibres

The signatories commit to setting targets in one or more of these four categories for 2020 and to annually report on their progress. Global Fashion Agenda will support the brands in implementing the commitment through knowledge sharing, policy engagement and by facilitating industry alignment.

Global Fashion Agenda have opened up for a final round of commitment signatories between October - December 2017.

So far 64 fashion companies and corporations have signed the commitment. Together, they represent 143 brands and a combined value of 7.5% of the global fashion market.[1]

[1] Percentage of total global apparel and footwear industry value (€1.5 trillion) referenced from the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report by the Boston Consulting Group and Global Fashion Agenda. For groups, total include only fashion business. 




Global Fashion Agenda is calling on fashion brands and retailers to sign a commitment to take the necessary steps to transition to a circular fashion system.

Signatories commit to define a strategy, set targets for 2020 and report on the progress of implementing the commitment.

The deadline for signing the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment is 31 December 2017. To sign the commitment letter click here.

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STEP 1: Fill out the commitment letter here and submit before 31 December 2017. 

STEP 2: Within one week of submitting the commitment letter you will receive a confirmation. If your commitment letter has been approved you will be asked to submit your company logo which will be used on this website to showcase your commitment.

STEP 3: You have until 28 February 2018 (for new commitment signatories) to develop you strategy and to set your target(s)  for one or more of the four action points outlined in the commitment for 2020. Global Fashion Agenda will report on the progress of the commitment on this website, at the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit and in the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report. The survey results will help to further guide the tools and recommendations presented by the Global Fashion Agenda to the industry and policy makers.


Global Fashion Agenda will engage with policy makers to co-develop the wider framework necessary for a circular fashion system. A policy brief will serve to inform EU policy-makers about the challenges and opportunities for fashion brands in transitioning to a circular fashion system and recommend specific actions from regulators and authorities.

If you are interested in our policy engagement work please contact commitment@globalfashionagenda.com.



Knowledge sharing is an important part of the commitment and is essential in order to accelerate the fashion industry's transition to a circular fashion system. Global Fashion Agenda is developing toolboxes on garment collection, circular design, resale of used garments and textile fibre recycling that will be available to all commitment signatories. The toolboxes include practical tips, best practices and lessons learned from brands and industry experts. 

Alongside the release of the toolboxes Global Fashion Agenda will host webinars to share key insight from brands and experts in the field.


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why circularity?

Today's linear “take, make, dispose” economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy. It is a model that is reaching its physical limits with the world population expected to exceed 8.5 billion people and global garment production to increase by 63% by 2030.[2]

The Pulse of the Fashion Industry report 2017 shows that a majority of fashion brands have not yet realised the opportunities of an increased focus on the end-of-use phase of the value chain. An accelerated effort is needed to capture important resources from being wasted and to meet future resource demands.

By acting already today, the fashion industry can lead the transition to a circular system that restores and regenerates materials while offering new opportunities for innovative design, increased customer engagement and the capturing of economic value.

[2] Boston Consulting Group and Global Fashion Agenda (2017). Pulse of the Fashion Industry report.


If you should have any questions please contact commitment@globalfashionagenda.com.